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Introducing the New Somerville High School

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A Community Working Together to Build a Better Learning Environment

The City of Somerville has been building a new Somerville High School at the site of the existing one, using funds obtained locally and through a grant by the Massachusetts School Building Authority. The new campus will provide a state-of-the-art, innovative, and nurturing learning environment to SHS students for decades to come, and will serve as a premier community resource and gathering space. Its design―from site location to campus features―was refined through a community process of feedback surveys and public meetings.

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New information will be added to this site on an ongoing basis.
  • Construction Impacts and Updates
    Updated 3/7/2021

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    • The new Somerville High School officially opened to students on March 4 as part of the district's phased return to in-person learning.
    • It's a major milestone, albeit one that looked much different than the celebration envisioned at the outset of this project. Read more about the opening, plans for the facility, and key features of the new space.
    • Have a look! Take a self-guided virtual tour, courtesy of SMMA. Explore the school on your computer, phone, or tablet by clicking or tapping the links within the photos, or jump to any 360-degree panoramic photo using the film reel at the bottom of the screen. Additional interior and exterior spaces will be added to this collection as landscaping and other final touches are completed.
    • Construction continues on the new auditorium, expected to be completed later this spring, and on the athletic field behind campus, expected to be completed next spring.


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  • FAQs
    What is the project timeline?

    1. Phase 1 New Building West Construction: April 2018 to August 2019
    2. Phase 2 New Building East Construction: June 2019 to August 2020
    3. Phase 3 Demolition & Site Improvements: June 2020 to May 2021

    How can I stay informed about the construction timeline and impacts?

    The City maintains a biweekly email update group for residents and businesses. To sign up, email Parents and guardians of current Somerville High School students and rising freshmen will receive regular project updates via email and/or voicemail from the District.
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  • March 4 2021

    SHS Officially Reopened

    The new Somerville High School is ready for its debut. In an opening no one could have envisioned at the project’s outset, the building welcomed younger students starting March 4 as part of the district’s phased return to in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Read full story)
  • January 2021

    Update Tour

  • December 2020

    Phase 3 Begins

  • September 2020

    Update Tour

  • May 2020

    Construction Resumes with Additional Safety Protocols

  • March 2020

    Non-Essential Construction Suspended During COVID-19

  • December 2019

    Phase 2 Topping Off Ceremony

  • November – December 2019

    Phase 2 Steel Progression

  • October 2019

    Phase 2 Steel Installation Begins

  • August 2019

    Phase 1 Steel Topping Off Ceremony

  • July 2019

    E Building Demolition

  • June 2019

    Phase 1 Structural Steel Installation

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  • May 2019

    Gym Roof Reconstruction

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  • March 2019

    Foundation Wall Construction

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  • February 2019

    Foundations Begin

  • January – February 2019

    Soil Nail Wall Installation

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  • November 2018 – February 2019

    Central Hill Monument Relocation

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  • October 2018 – February 2019

    Soil Excavation & Export

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  • September 2018

    Debris Removal

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  • June – August 2018

    East 1929 Classroom Wing Demolition & Abatement

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